Elections: DOD Needs More Comprehensive Planning to Address Military and Overseas Absentee Voting Challenges
U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington
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The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act generally protects the rights of military personnel and overseas citizens to register and vote absentee in federal elections. In 2014, the most recently completed federal election, the Election Assistance Commission estimated that around 6 percent, or 8,500 of the 146,000 ballots submitted by voters covered under the act, were rejected. DODs Federal Voting Assistance Program FVAP generally implements many of the acts provisions and provides absentee voting support.GAO was asked to review matters related to FVAP. GAO assesses the extent to which DOD has 1 identified challenges with its military and overseas voting assistance efforts and developed plans to address those challenges, and 2 implemented strategic planning practices to help ensure the long-term effectiveness of FVAP. GAO reviewed 2010-14 post-election surveys, 2014-15 DOD-commissioned studies, and compared documentation of FVAP plans with leading federal strategic planning practices and interviewed FVAP officials and program stakeholders.